#115 Mare wins First Leg, Charleston, SC to New York Harbor, of The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing Fleet to dock in NY Harbor until Pro-Am on May 18, followed by Final Leg to Newport, RI on May 19 and In-shore Series, May 26-27 CHARLESTON, S.C. – With an unprecedented international fleet of [...]
Gryphon Solo II
Joe Harris is a well-known American on the short-handed racing scene. He skippered his Open 50 Gryphon Solo to a first place victory in the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre.
Joe Harris and Tristan Mouligne skippered Gryphon Solo 2 to a 4th place finish in 2013 and a 3rd place finish in 2012 Atlantic Cup.
- Age: 53
- Hometown: South Hamilton, MA
- Family Information: Married with 3 children: Gryphon, Emmett and Sophie Grace
- Career Highlights:
4th in 2013 Atlantic Cup, 3rd in the 2012 Atlantic Cup, 7th in the Normandy Channel Race in May 2011, 4 trans-Atlantic crossings, 9 Newport-Bermuda races, 5 Marblehead to Halifax races, 5 Bermuda 1-2 races and numerous international miles sailed, Joe has logged over 60,000 offshore ocean miles, while owning 5 boats over a span of 30 years.
Is the mental or physical aspect of the race the hardest? What makes double-handed sailing so challenging and so much fun is that you have to do everything well in order to win. Obviously the routing is critical, but staying on top of sail trim and changing sails whenever conditions dictate can be exhausting- particularly in the middle of a cold, dark night. Being able to push yourself and the boat in every aspect, to sail smart and sail fast is what eventually separates the men from the boys, the wheat from the chaff, the sailors with “True Grit” from the posers.
In one word describe the Atlantic Cup experience. FUN
What does carbon neutrality mean to you? Balancing carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels, with renewable energy that creates a similar amount of useful energy, so that the carbon emissions are compensated, or alternatively using only renewable energies that don’t produce any carbon dioxide. OK, I cheated; that’s from Wikipedia…but I do think of it as using wind, solar and hydro sources of power rather than diesel fuel to create electricity and power our instruments and auto pilots. I am firmly on the path to energy independence offshore as the budget allows.